Codes & Standards

 

Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Working the day-to-day, it's sometimes easy to forget that the codes and standards for the electrical industry are living documents that change regularly to accommodate current technologies and trends as well as to better achieve their respective goals.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building energy codes were put into effect in the 1970s. Between 1992 and 2012, they have saved homeowners an estimated $15.6 billion.

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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Available short-circuit current requirements were either added or changed in a number of locations in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Type MC Cable Support, Ground Rods And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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Out By The Pool: Equipotential Bonding for Pool Perimeters and Parts


In the past few months, I have received emails and phone calls from electrical inspectors and contractors stating there is confusion in their areas concerning swimming pool equipotential bonding. They requested that I clarify the bonding requirements for swimming pools.


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General Installation Requirements, Part XXIV

Thanks to the work of numerous dedicated individuals, there is a 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This 54th version has been available since August. These days, the Code is revised every three years, but the revision cycle has ranged from one to four years.



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Knife Switches, AHJs And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
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Tracing History: Circuits Supplied by Multiple Nominal Voltage Systems


The National Electrical Code (NEC) has contained multiwire branch-­circuit color coding since the early 1950s. However, it wasn’t until the 2005 NEC that it required the voltage system to identify ungrounded conductors where a building had more than one voltage system.


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General Installation Requirements, Part XXIII

The stated purpose of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is the practical safeguarding of people and property from hazards arising from electricity use. One way to help do this is to ensure there is enough room around electrical equipment.



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2017 NEC: Conductors, Switches, Receptacles—Significant Changes in the 2017 NEC, Part 5


This article reviews changes in Chapter 3, Wiring and Methods and Materials, and Chapter 4, Equipment for General Use, in the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
 Visit www.ecmag.com/2017-NEC-significant-changes for this full series.
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